I've just had a power outage (whole block, neighborhood... whole city?) and with no interwebs to keep me busy, I ventured outside. I mowed the lawn, pondered my mystery tree and wondered how long 'til I have fresh figs to eat.
Here is the mystery tree. What is this? It had yellow fruit on it earlier this year. I came across a post at Apartment Therapy's cooking site that makes me think maybe it is loquat. It looks very similar. Can anyone tell me?
I'm thrilled to have a fig tree. It's beautiful and I look forward to the day I can pick the fruit. It straddles mine and the neighbor's yard, so I may have to fight for the figs, but I am completely prepared to do that.
Best of all, today my new grill was delivered. I know that some of you are very fancy with your Big Green Eggs and your Serious Grill Business but I am lazy, prone to neglect and sloth and really just want something small and easy to bring in from the humidity and rain. My last grill was a great little cast iron hibachi that did a really good job but was so heavy that I eventually slacked off on bringing it inside and it rusted away.
This time I knew what I needed. I wanted a patio grill with enough room to make food for 2-4 people. Sturdy but light weight. Portable. A friend pointed the Bodum Fyrkat Picnic Grill out to me and it fit the bill perfectly. Plus: adorable.
It has little silicon clips to keep the lid on while moving it from place to place, along with a silicon covered handle. Nicely enameled, seemingly well built and just the right size. They come in an array of summer colors and are made by Bodum, of Bodum french press fame. I know, strange right? They seem to have branched out into BBQ this year. I'm a little nervous just because they aren't an established grill manufacturer, but at $50 and given that my needs aren't hardcore grilling purposes, I'm sure it will be fine. I'll let you know how it works out in practice. I also bought a Weber chimney charcoal starter and am looking forward to having deliciousness tonight. Just not sure yet, what to cook. I have some fat little asparagus in the fridge, just waiting to hit the grill. Meat is as yet undecided. Anyone grill something nice lately? I crave inspiration.